Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy has many common side effects.
Most side effects occur during treatment and begin to go away shortly after treatment ends. Others can last for months or even years.
How common and how severe the side effects are depend on the chemotherapy drugs used.
It may be helpful to download and print Susan G. Komen®‘s Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Chemotherapy and Side Effects resource and take it with you to your next doctor appointment. There’s plenty of space to write down the answers to these questions, which you can refer to later.
There are other Questions to Ask Your Doctor resources on many different breast cancer topics you may wish to download. They are a nice tool for people recently diagnosed with breast cancer, who may be too overwhelmed to know where to begin to gather information.
Learn about short-term side effects of chemotherapy.
Learn about long-term side effects of chemotherapy.
Easing worries about chemotherapy
It’s normal to worry about possible side effects of chemotherapy.
Talk with your health care provider about your concerns.
Your provider may be able to suggest a hospital social worker, patient navigator, psychologist or support group to help ease anxiety related to chemotherapy (or having breast cancer).
Learn more about support groups.
Managing side effects
Once you begin chemotherapy, let your oncologist or nurse know how the sessions are making you feel. They may be able to treat or prevent many side effects, or change your treatment plan to reduce them.
Learn more about managing side effects of chemotherapy and other breast cancer treatments.
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